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Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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Val-Dieu Grand CruVal-Dieu Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

268 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 268
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 43
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2006)
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charlzm

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

Consumed October 17th, 2010 at the Los Angeles Beer Week Festival.

Beer pours a clear but very dark brown with a clingy one finger off-white head.

Nutmeg and dark sweet malt in the nose.

The flavor is mostly about bready malt; molasses, nutmeg and prunes play supporting roles. A sharp white grape note leaps in near the finish.

Smooth but boozy on the finish.

Its heft renders it not terribly drinkable, but impressive nonetheless.

10-27-2010 03:49:14 | More by charlzm
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

appearance; thick and creamy beige head, perfect retention throughout the drink. Beautiful chunky lacing, dark, brownish amber body.

smell; much like the style but muted and lacking the complexity of some of the big boys. A bit of stale grass and sugar with alcohol stands out.

taste; a tad bit too sweet, very nice aftertaste, complex with a good, touch of light hop balance and alcohol. Hints of cherries soaked in whiskey.

mouthfeel; on the light end of heavy bodied, creamy and warming with a sticky finish.

overall; A nice drink but lacking the usual complexities of the style. Still a great drink and well worth the price.

04-20-2011 01:29:48 | More by Sachsenfreude
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -6%

Pours very, very dark -- nearly black, with only shy tawny highlights that show up with the liquid at a very low level. Strong Brussels lacing, little head. One of the darkest Belgians I've ever seen. Aromas are predominantly sweet, with roasted coffee, cola, dark candi sugar, and some bubble gum leading the way. Very rich, sumptuous aroma. On the palate, cola tastes lead the way, from syrupy sweetness right down to that tarty cola tang. Nutty at the mid-palate, then creamy, before drying out at the finish. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and thick malts. Overall, this is a big, sweet, smooth quadrupel. I wasn't crazy about the cola flavors, but it's in line with style and well executed. Very good.

03-13-2007 03:53:30 | More by geexploitation
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fragilemacabre

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -6%

I first tried this fresh from chillage, and I was NOT pleased. It reminded me of the bitter, flat characteristics of Gulden Draak (which I had been led to have high hopes for).

Another try while it was warmer, however? It has a good bready smell to it, almost a sourdough, with a deep, dark sweetness to it, and its head and lacing upon warming up are impressive. The molasses flavor that was overpowering and cloying while cold mellow out into a maltier and bittersweet profile.

I won't ever drink this cold, but warmed, it is happy for the taste buds (and the warming of cheeks)

03-12-2010 08:16:38 | More by fragilemacabre
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%

App-Poured a rich dark mahogany, very little head which sooner than later equalled no head.

Smell- Smells faintly of dark fruits and alcohol, a little bit of licorice root. A slight sourness to the aroma almost lambic like.

Taste- A soft Sweet, front meets you from the get go. Generous amounts of candy sugars and phenol nips. A thick mallasses flavor and some sour citrus in the back. Once warmed is opens to a thick and sweet treat.

Mouthfeel- Full-bodied and thick in the mouth, blankets the tongue. Lightly dispersed carbonation and the alcohol tends to help clear the palate in a decent way at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: Heck yes, get one and enjoy the dark flavors that await. Brewery's best offering maybe?

10-10-2010 05:01:10 | More by JoeAmerican77
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a murky medium-dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is cherries, dark fruit, malt and some sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit with a strong malty sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-17-2010 03:22:48 | More by Mora2000
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jalexy

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-22-2013 16:04:36 | More by jalexy
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

(Served in a chalice)
cork says 2/10
A- This beer pours a dark dense brown body with a light brown glow at the base of the glass. There is a big beige oatmeal head that is rocky but simmers down to a thick creamy head as it sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that keep the head strong.

S- The mysterious aroma is well blended and hard to describe with qualities of dry brown malt and old wood notes without oak but it has some cream and some molasses hints. The finish has some dry dark toffee notes.

T- The light brown malt flavor is well blended and fairly dry with a dry aged wood note and a slight tart hint that has some roasted malt qualities which grow as the beer warms. The finish is a dry candy sugar flavor with some grapefruit rind and brie rind flavors that are from yeast not hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until it warms a good bit and then there is only a soft boozy alcohol flavor.

D- This beer really opens up as it warms and has a nice mysterious complexity making it a easy drink especially for a 10.50 ABV. It didn't have that wow flavor that pulled in lots of flavors but it was pleasant to drink.

08-04-2009 14:04:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-13-2013 05:36:45 | More by ste5venla
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a full foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some candi sugar and some dry fruit characteristics. Taste is also a well balance mix between rich Belgian malt with notes of candi sugar and some dry fruits such as raisins and plums. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and some thing that I would have on a regular basis.

09-16-2008 20:04:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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karatebartender

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-16-2012 19:44:33 | More by karatebartender
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-11-2014 19:06:30 | More by BuckTuckian
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

from notes
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deep amber in color bordering on a nice brown with a small head of light off white color that quickly faded into obscurity and left some nice lacing along the sides of the glass. Deep boozy aroma here, lots of alcohol present along with some nice caramel malts and a touch of light grassy notes as it warmed. Some nice fruit flavor on the first sip but this is drowned out quickly by the hot nature of the booze. Really could use some time to sit down as it is just too fresh I feel. Still though I push on letting it warm and come through some light touches of raisins, perhaps a touch of light fig now mixing in as well. Smooth, light and subtle carbonation leaves the mouth dry

08-06-2011 01:50:36 | More by mikesgroove
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-23-2011 19:47:44 | More by pudoo
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TerryB

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-09-2014 10:54:15 | More by TerryB
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GABrew

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-29-2013 22:41:51 | More by GABrew
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-08-2011 23:11:04 | More by JohneHoodlum
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MTjohnson

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-16-2012 21:15:01 | More by MTjohnson
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-29-2011 00:02:49 | More by jfstilling
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-05-2011 13:02:19 | More by ROGUE16
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-14-2013 05:38:28 | More by SocalKicks
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.3%

A gift from brewandbbq, thanks for the opportunity Jeff!
Pours a deep reddish orange color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. The smell is quite fruity. Orange and cherries and raisins in front of a solid caramel and darker sugar back drop with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is quite fruity as well with orange and citrus mixed with some sweet cherries raisins and plums. A solid caramel and melanoidin malt sweetness provides a nice balance against the fruit. There's a warming alcohol, but its very faint and never harsh. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a very nice quad, the citrus flavor adds a nice dimension to this brew.

07-31-2012 00:28:06 | More by johnnnniee
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-25-2012 17:40:06 | More by ejimhof
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-14-2013 01:00:30 | More by spycow
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FilumDee

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-21-2013 18:29:19 | More by FilumDee
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.